I am happy to be celebrating with The Lunar New Year Book Tag, which was created by Tiff@Mostly YA Lit and Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts.
For me, it would be attending a bookish event. Back in 2015, we just could not get enough of cons and book festivals. On a whim, I decided to go to YALLFest. The actual festival is free, and the ticketed events were very cheap, but the airfare and the hotel were $$$$$$. I am so glad I went, because it is a fantastic event. Charleston is beautiful, the crowd was awesome, the panels were fantastic, and I even brought back some amazing ARCs. All in all, an amazing experience.
I am a big fan of Rae Carson, because she writes these phenomenal female characters. I loved Lee Westfall from The Gold Seer Trilogy. She was strong, resilient, and self sacrificing. Another kick ass heroine to add to the list.
I am going WAAAAY back for this one, and selecting Go Ask Alice. I read this book almost 30 years ago, and can still remember how gritty, real, and powerful the book was. **When I was looking this up on GoodReads I just had my mind blown by finding out it was actually written by a therapist and NOT an actual teen diary.
I love books with royalty, and one of my recent faves was My Lady Jane. This book was so witty and fun. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
The Thousandth Floor was filled with manipulative characters. This book had that soapy appeal with characters that you love to hate, but a stand out in this book was Leda. She was so damaged. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Three of my top five 2016 books were standalones, but since I can only choose one, I will pick one that I want to get more love - We Are Still Tornadoes. This book hit all the right notes for me. It made me laugh, cry, and sigh. It was just a beautiful story of love and friendship and I want everyone to experience it.
This is the true struggle for me, because I am such a cover-ho. I unabashedly judge books by their covers, and am totally attracted to beautiful ones. There are A LOT of lovely covered books on my TBR, but I shall select one I read, and I select the entire Starbound series. Every one of these covers is a veritable feast for the eyes, and the series was incredible as well.
This is not even a recent character, but one that stands out nonetheless. I loved Hassan from An Abundance of Katherines. He was so funny and stole every scene he was in.
This was a challenge and a lot of fun to do. Yay! I completed my first book tag, and if you are reading this, I invite you to participate in this wonderful book tag.